The Vancouver Police Department and the Chinese Consulate-General in Vancouver have joined together to make a video in Mandarin, aimed at increasing the safety of Chinese students studying here.
“We know that one size doesn’t fit all,” says Chief Constable Jim Chu. “We need to do extra things to reach certain segments of the community.”
There are 20,000 international students, mostly between the ages of 14 and 22, presently studying in the Lower Mainland. The students are generally hesitant to contact the police due to language or cultural barriers.
Liu Fei, Consul-General, People’s Republic of China, says students need to know how to approach the police when they are living and studying here.
“I think this is a very important and very good opportunity for me to talk through media to all the students, especially the Chinese students in Canada,” says Fei. “My office, one of the main work is to protect the Chinese students here, to assist them to study and live here comfortably and happily.”
The video will increase awareness of available police and consular resources to these students.
“This partnership with the Chinese-Consul General and her staff has been great,” says Chu. “This video that we’re releasing today will be shown on our website, as well as their website. We’ll make sure we get it out, especially to the international students, many who are studying in our city.”
“Canada, I think, is still a very safe place for Chinese students to come and study,” says Fei.
For more information, visit the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver website.